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Old School Mercs

Posted by admin on Mar 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

Whilst this site is dedicated to the M Class we love all Mercs, minus the Mercedes-Benz B Class which we are still waiting to hear an explanation for. Now we are going to look at some of our favourite classics.

Mercedes Benz CE Class

The Mercedes Benz CE Class also known as the Mercedes-Benz W124 is an absolute classic. It was a variant of the 1984 to 1995/6 Mercedes Benz E-Class however upon the cars death in 1995, it wasn’t just left in the shadows of the E-Class but it spawned a new W210 E-Class.  The Mercedes Benz CE Class was well known for it’s innovations in safety, they used an angular body for it which was designed in such a way that allowed the car to crash into a concrete wall, under test conditions, at 35mph without any serious injury. I saw a beautiful example of the Mercedes Benz CE Class when I was browsing used car stock in Tunbridge Wells.

Mercedes Benz CLK Class

The first generation Mercedes Benz CLK ran from 1996-2003 and was designed by Micheal Fink and this was the car that discovered a new market niche for the Mercedes Benz brad. The CLK shared a hell of a lot with the Mercedes E Class, and whilst it had a higher spec level than the E-Class it was actually based on the more affordable C-Class platform.  The Mercedes Benz CLK cabriolet was introduced in 2002.

 
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Other Mercs: Mercedes S-Class

Posted by admin on Jul 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class is a luxury saloon that is giving competitors a serious run for their money. This is possibly the best car in its class and has buyers who would have otherwise gone with an SUV taking another look. The company has combined modern technology with attractive styling and precision engineering to create a well-rounded vehicle.

The S-Class is sophisticated and embodies the principals that have come to make Mercedes a great brand. The car boasts quality build, and head-turning good looks. The company has produced a couple of questionable vehicles in recent years trying to keep up with technology and fad styles, but the S-Class embodies classic and more traditional Mercedes’ style.

The car’s long wheelbase makes its profile unmistakable, and its long length boasts some very elegant lines. The S-Class is not easily matched for looks and the car is more attractive than most of the competitors.

Recently Mercedes has received some criticism for a perceived fall in standards. When buyers are paying premium prices, that should be somewhat expected.

The interior layout of the car’s cabin design makes the car feel classic. The car’s seats provide support and comfort.  and the light, nimble manner in which the car responds to driver input belies its size and weight. The S-Class is simple and pleasant to drive, even on crowded roads.

Practicality

This car is in the premium sector and has a price that matches. Most of the rival brands offer a higher standard of equipment for less money, but the bottom line is the Mercedes badge counts and buyers are willing to pay more for the image.

The S-Class will sufficiently transport its passengers in style but it wasn’t designed to do much more than that. It won’t accommodate luggage or large cargo.

The cars controls and displays are easy to use and logically located. The driver shouldn’t have any problem at all finding the controls. For the most part they are all where you would expect to find them.

Front seat passengers are showered with comfort, while rear seat passengers don’t make out quite as well. The front seats are uniquely designed with special features geared toward passenger comfort. Seats have a massage feature that can come in handy as well.

The Mercedes Benz S-Class provides easy accessibility for front and rear passengers. The car’s doors open wide and access to the car’s cabin is unhindered. The car’s boot can be accessed via an electronic release. Once mastered the release provides easy access to the boot.

The car comes equipped with Mecedes’ Parktronic Sensor system. This system comes in handy while parking this car due to the long length of the vehicle. The S-Class is wide and is a significantly difficult car to park.

Life Style

The car offers an impressive ride with excellent handling for a car this size. The car offers good acceleration and the car’s suspension system helps to deliver a comfortable ride. Selecting Sports mode will sharpen the car’s responses considerably.

This is not a suitable family car. It is not designed to be kid friendly and children could cause a lot of expensive damage to the car’s interior in a very short amount of time.

This is not a good first car for anyone. The car is completely unsuitable for novice drivers. Not to mention that it would be difficult to find an insurance company willing to provide coverage.

The S-Class has a definite image which sets it apart from the likes of the Lexus LS. Only certain people can afford them. Used S-Classes often end up as work related transport vehicles.

Security and Safety

These are highly sought after vehicles and may be targeted by many bad elements. It is better to keep these cars in highly secure garages. They come equipped with standard security alarm systems, and an optional tracking system is available and highly recommended.

Mercedes’ Pre-Safe system can detect an impending crash and activates the necessary safety features. The system not only minimizes injuries, it’s actually capable of saving lives.

The Finishing Touches

As standard the car comes with Mercedes’ COMAND system. It includes a radio/CD/DVD drive in the centre console and DVD navigation in the luggage compartment. S 500 models gain a multichanger. A DVD system is also available.

The S-Class looks most attractive in either a silver or black color. Any other color looks odd and out of place. The car’s interior boasts a high level of quality. Mercedes close attention to detail is very evident in the car’s cabin.

Summary

The car delivers a fast and comfortable ride. This car tends to be a favorite among business moguls. The car’s class and ability speaks for itself. Its rivals include the BMW 7 Series, the Porsche Panamera and the Audi A8.

 
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Mercedes Benz M-Class

Posted by admin on Jul 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

The original Mercedes M-Class, sometimes confused with the Mercedes Benz ML Class was among the first premium SUVs to go on sale in Europe, and managed to build quite a loyal following based on the car’s abilities. This sector of the market has grown considerably and is now one of the most competitive. Mercedes has managed to stay competitve by introducing new and innovative ideas into their vehicles. Their newest introduction is the new Mercedes M-Class.

Mercedes has deliberately kept certain features that distinguish the M-Series from other brands making the vehicle instantly recognisable. For instance, the rear window and front grille have kept their similarity to the original car. Other design features are completely new and geared toward keeping the M-Class modern and appealing to the new generation of buyers. Of course the car also sports the traditional Mercedes grille.

One of the most significant changes on the new M-Class is the car’s new chassis design. The new design gives the car exellent off-road abilities without compromising the car’s ability to deliver a smooth on-road experience.

The car’s off-road ability is enhanced by a wide range of electronic devices. The car comes with a high level of standard specification. Many of the car’s features are designed to enhance the driving experience whether driving on-road or off. Features such as ABS, a low ratio gearbox, differential locks and increased ground clearance all add up to a much more practical and functional vehicle.

The M-Class was designed with families in mind. The car boasts improved passenger room and a large boot. The car can be tough when weather conditions demand it, and the car can be comfortable and refined when taking the family to run errands or on longer trips.

 

Practicality & Price

 

The M-Class is an expensive purchase and boasts improved fuel efficiency but fuel economy is still somewhat poor. Maintenance and insurance costs will also run high, but the good side is that the vehicle performs well both on-road and off.

The M-Class provides excellent head and legroom for all passengers. Boot space is very good and increases with the rear seats folded. An electric tailgate made the options list and is a very tempting and practical option.

The car’s controls and dials are easy to use and clearly labeled. The integrated COMAND system which operates the trip computer, audio system, satellite navigation and telephone can be a little intimidating at first but is worth taking the time to learn. The basic controls are duplicated on the steering wheel.

This car is loaded with features geared towards improving comfort.Electric sports seats come standard on the Sports models. The seats offer excellent support and comfort as well as a wide range of adjustment. Other aspects like the steering wheel and mirrors are easily adjustable and offer a lot of practicality. The car provides a smooth ride and the cabin successfully minimizes outside noise.

The car provides good accessibility but requires a small step up to gain access to the car’s cabin. Otherwise accessibility to the front and rear seats is relatively unhindered.

The M-Class is easy to park. The car provides excellent all-round visibility and enjoys light steering at low speeds. Parking sensors do not come fitted as standard but shouldn’t be necessary.

Brand new, it would cost anywhere between £48,190 and £86,920, on the other hand you could get a second hand Mercedes Benz M Class which would cost anywhere between £1,600 and £105,000…. So quite a lot of room to play with!

Life Style

 

The M-Class delivers a quiet and refined ride and is completely practical and enjoyable for daily use. The car is actually very fun to drive and has some decent off-road abilities. The engine options are more than capable of powering the M-Class and steering is accurate.

The M-Class would make an ideal family car, with good all-round passenger space. The cabin can comfortably accommodate most passengers and the boot is large and ideal for accommodating luggage.

This is probably not the ideal first car. Despite how easy it is to drive the M-Class it is an expensive purchase with high running costs. Insurance will also be high and the car may be too large for the needs of most newly licensed drivers.

Many of the M-Class’ problems with fit and fiunish have been successfully addressed in this generation. The M-Class is quality built with a high standard of fit and finish. The cabin’s materials feel good to the touch and look high-class.

 

Security and Safety

 

The car comes equipped with unique security features such as the use of an electronic rather than metal key for the ignition. The tailgate is also well protected, while the luggage cover hides valuables from sight.

Safety features include ABS and airbags, the M-Class also comes with Neck-Pro head restraints that are designed to react in the event of a rear end collision. PreSafe gathers information from various sensors throughout the car and prepares the vehicle for an impact or impending accident.

 

The Finishing Touches

 

The car is equipped with a standard radio/CD system with eight speakers. The car’s basic functions are duplicated on the steering wheel. The interior has a high quality feel and boasts quality materials. The majority of the car’s interior is black but the sporadic metal trimmings keep the interior from looking too dark.

 

Summary

 

The Mercedes-Benz M Class has successfully made enhancements in all the right places. The car has managed to keep up with all the changes and maintain modern looks and the latest in technology. The car has focused on comfort and offers a very valid and viable on-road and off-road driving experience. it’s competitors include the BMW X5, the Audi Q7 the Lexus RX and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

 
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M-Class MOT

Posted by admin on Sep 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

Do you own a Mercedes M-Class which is more than three years old?

If you do then you should be aware that it is required by law to be MOT tested annually.

The question is how much should you be paying to have it done and how do you know what is a good price for your Mercedes M-Class MOT?

Well a good idea would be to use an MOT and service centre comparison site, such as CarSite.co.uk for example.

If you simply travel down to your local garage and accept the first price you’re quoted, you’ll have no idea whether you are paying a premium or not.

However, the process couldn’t be simpler online.

You enter the make and model of your vehicle in addition to your postcode, and a list of garages will be generated in your area. These will be displayed by proximity to your address and be complete with pricing guides.

It is a quick and effective method of finding out where is best to get a deal for your Mercedes M-Class MOT.

 
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Carbuzz Survey Shows People Are Still Idiots

Posted by admin on Mar 20, 2013 in Carz

A recent Survey from carbuzz.co.uk has shown that 27% of new car buyers will be put off buying a car with the “13” number plate that will be introduced 1 March 2013. For the non idiots superstitious amongst us this is obviously ridiculous, but it could lead to over a quarter of new car sales being affected between March and 23 August.

According to the Carbuzz survey, only 10% were actually put off by the number for superstitious reasons, whilst the other 17% did the opposite and overthought it, claiming they were put off the numbers as it may affect resale values should they want to sell it as a used car.

After rumours that the registration series would change to avoid the number “13”, a DVLA spokesperson said this:

“We recognise that some manufacturers are concerned that superstitious motorists may be wary of buying a new car with the number 13, but any change to the current registration system would be costly to the taxpayer and we cannot justify skipping a number because of superstition.”

We tend to agree and would suggest painting a four leaf clover on the car door to balance it out if you are scared of a number.

Next thing you know garages will be refusing to carry out car servicing because the car in question has a broken wind mirror, and they’re scared of seven years bad luck.

 
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Some Background Info

Posted by admin on Feb 4, 2013 in Carz

The Mercedes M-Class was first introduced in 1997, as a 1998 model.

The vehicle is a 5-door hatchback and was initially available to seat 5, or 7 with an optional third seating row. It received critical acclaim for its wide range of safety features, and boasted a premium interior.mercedes-benz-m-class2_l

All first generation models came fitted with a 5-speed transmission, manual or automatic, with an impressive selection of engines to choose from including a 4.0 litre V8 diesel. The car received a facelift in 2002 featuring a revised exterior with new bumpers and alloy wheels amongst other changes.

The second generation M-Class underwent production from 2005. It was a larger car than its predecessor and all versions were equipped with a 7-speed transmission. Several new engines were available too. In 2009 the car received a minor facelift which saw changes to the headlights and redesigned bumpers amongst other small differences. Moreover, the interior was upgraded and an additional engine was made available.mercedes-benz-m-class_l

The current generation of the Mercedes M-Class has been in production since 2011. The cabin is even more accommodating for passengers, with increased rear seat legroom, and the car boasts improved fuel economy. You can see the savings made on a used m-class on car advertising sites.

 
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The Mercedes M-Class

Posted by admin on Jan 21, 2013 in Carz

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The purpose of this site is to provide information not only about the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, but also about anything automotive.

The latest news, reviews and car-talk issues from around the globe will be regularly blogged.

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